Since the Epic Games Store took the world by storm in late 2018, free games have been a core part of its DNA and this trend will continue throughout 2021, by the looks of it. Epic's generous approach makes it quite easy to access a number of great titles – some of which can steal many hours from you – while drawing more users to its store by helping them easily establish a large library of titles.
The past year's offerings have ranged from indies – both popular and obscure – to AAA releases like Elite Dangerous, Civilization 6 and even the might GTA V which notoriously took the storefront's servers down. The first entries on the list of free games you can grab on the Epic Games Store in 2021 see players building and managing dino parks and taking to the stars on a rogue-lite adventure. Here is the Epic Games Store free games list of 2021.
In the past, one or more games were available for free on the Epic Games Store each week. This seems to still be the case, at least as 2021 begins, but we don't yet know if the same cadence will be kept throughout the entire year. All you need to do in order to add these games to your library is have an EGS account, go to the free game's store page and follow the same process as you would when purchasing it.
You obviously won't be charged anything but will have to add the game to your library during the week in which it's free. Should you miss it, however, you'll have a couple of other opportunities to get it discounted throughout the year during one of the Epic Games Store's sales. A few of these freebies were have been given away multiple times, but this approach isn't exactly reliable.
Epic Games Store Free Games List 2021
- Jurassic World Evolution
- Crying Suns
- Star Wars Battlefront II: Celebration Edition
- Galactic Civilizations III
We'll keep an eye out for any announcements and update our list of 2021 Epic Games Store free games as we learn anything new.
Jurassic World Evolution
Free on the Epic Games Store: December 31 - January 7
Jurassic World Evolution is a dream come true for any fan of the franchise who wants to control all aspects of managing their own dino park. You not only get to place buildings, hire staff and take care of finances but also bioengineer your own dinosaurs as you chase specific traits. The dinos are majestic beasts with a mind of their own, so you'll get the chance to see how they behave in their habitats, when sick or threatened. Just make sure your fences are strong enough to keep the rowdy ones inside.
Free on the Epic Games Store: January 7 - January 14
Naming works like Foundation and Dune as its sources of inspiration, Crying Suns is a tactical rogue-lite in which you play the role of a space fleet commander exploring what remains of a fallen empire. While the title's 300+ story events work to reveal more about its mysterious universe, tactical battles and procedural generation ensure that each run remains fresh.
Star Wars Battlefront II: Celebration Edition
Free on the Epic Games Store: January 14 - January 21
Star Wars Battlefront II: Celebration Edition includes every bit of content in the base game and its subsequent free updates, alongside a large suite of cosmetic items otherwise purchasable with in-game credits. The shooter quickly became notorious at launch due to how grindy it was and tying power progression to paid loot boxes but has by now redeemed itself in the eyes of many. It's also one of the best looking and sounding ways of experiencing Star Wars. If you haven't already, there's really no excuse to give it a shot when it becomes free on the Epic Games Store.
Galactic Civilizations III
Free on the Epic Games Store: January 21 - January 28
Galactic Civilizations III is a 4X strategy game that makes good use of a tried and tested sci-fi premise. As humanity discovers it's not alone in the universe, you step in to decide its fate or that of the alien factions surrounding it. Its story campaign takes you through the lore of each faction while its sandbox maps can hold up to 100 opponents and have a variety of layouts, worlds and challenges. The path to victory can follow different routes, from military to political, cultural and technological, but regardless of your pick, you'll want to develop a strong economy, fleet, construct hypergates that facilitate travel, and maybe even dabble in espionage.
If you'd like a refresher on the free games you could grab on the Epic Games Store last year, check out our 2020 list.
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